Statement on the arrest of World Vision’s staff Mohammad El Halabi

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


World Vision’s Gaza Zonal Manager, Mohammad El Halabi, has been arrested by the Israeli authorities at Erez checkpoint, while returning to Gaza on Wednesday June 15th, 2016 at around 2:30 PM. To date, World Vision is not aware of his whereabouts and of what (if anything) he is being accused.

World Vision is extremely concerned about the safety of Mohammad, and is working closely with its lawyer, diplomatic and government contacts to get more information on the situation, push for fair legal representation, and ultimately get him released as soon as possible.

World Vision is asking all for prayers and patience as Mohammad's release is sought.